DIY Fabric Dahlias

Add a fancy flourish to gift wrap, window treatments, headbands, and more with these pretty fabric flowers.

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Even if you live in a zone where dahlias don't grow well, you can still enjoy these vibrant, spiky flowers—by making a few of your own! All you need are five supplies and some very basic sewing skills. In four easy steps, you'll have flowers that stay fresh year-round. Use your finished project to decorate gift boxes and headbands. Another idea: Make a bunch of fabric dahlias and string them on a banner as a party decoration.

What You Need

  • Satin fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

Measure and cut a strip of satin to 3 1/2 inches wide and 56 inches long. For a fuller flower, cut a longer strip. For a smaller flower, cut a shorter strip.

Step 2: Cut the Petals

Along one side of the fabric strip, cut out narrow triangle shapes about one inch deep. These will form the petals of your flower. 

Step 3: Sew Along the Edge

Thread the needle. (If desired, match the color of thread to the fabric for a more natural look.) Sew a loose running stitch along the uncut side of the fabric strip.

Step 4: Create the Flower

Pull the thread through to bunch up the fabric. Arrange the cut "petals" into a pom-pom shape. Knot the end of the thread to secure.

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